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Olivier Debure, Director QEP
Amanda Foster, Service-Learning Administrative Coordinator

Eckerd College
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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Quality Enhancement Plan

Quality Enhancement Plan

Students

Although your professors may champion that fact that service-learning is a proven pedagogy for enhancing student learning, the benefits extend far beyond greater comprehension of course material and improved grades on your exams. Service-learning is fun, creative, and distinguished from the rudimentary pace of your typical course. Service-learning allows you to take a break from the classroom, get engaged in your community, and apply your knowledge and skills to addressing real world issues alongside community agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Through Eckerd's implementation of the Reflective Service-Learning QEP, the benefits students reap from service-learning experiences are anticipated to be compounded even further. Too often students miss the point of service, are blind to important connections, and fail to recognize the "big picture." The QEP incorporates careful reflection into curricular service-learning so that students make vital connections between what is learned in the classroom and the issues addressed in their service with the community. Through reflective service-learning, student learning outcomes are impacted in the areas of critical thinking and problem solving, civic engagement and leadership, and openness to diversity. With a focus on the reflection component, you will not only develop an understanding of the relevance of your academic work, but will also gain an appreciation of the role you play in civic society.

Enroll in a Reflective Service-Learning course for an enriching academic experience! Gain "real world" experience, explore career/major options, develop leadership skills, engage with the community, and extract greater meaning from academic theory through critical reflection on your service.

QEP Courses

Eckerd is offering 5 new Reflective Service-Learning courses for the 2012-13 academic year.
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